[Ed. – No surprise there, unfortunately. Although Ms. Caruana Galizia had been going after Maltese politicians recently, I wouldn’t regard them as the primary suspects. Killing journalists in spectacular ways isn’t a big M.O. there. The laundry list of thuggish global actors exposed by the Panama Papers stretches from Southeast Asia and Russia to the Middle East, to Latin America and many of the Clintons’ least savory foreign cronies. A lot of possibilities there.]
Investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia – dubbed a “one-woman WikiLeaks” – was killed as she was driving near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta.
She had filed a complaint to police a fortnight ago after receiving personal threats to her safety, local media said.
Caruana Galizia ran a hugely popular blog relentlessly highlighting cases of alleged corruption, often involving politicians from the Mediterranean island nation.
In Malta, she had led the coverage of the Panama Papers, a leak of millions of legal documents last year detailing financial details of offshore entities used by the rich and powerful to avoid tax.